[ kav-i-tee ]
/ ˈkæv ɪ ti /

noun, plural cav·i·ties.

any hollow place; hollow.
Anatomy. a hollow space within the body, an organ, a bone, etc.
a hollow space or a pit in a tooth, most commonly produced by caries. A cavity may be artificially made to support dental restorations.

Nearby words

  1. cavitary,
  2. cavitate,
  3. cavitation,
  4. cavite,
  5. cavitis,
  6. cavity block,
  7. cavity resonator,
  8. cavity wall,
  9. cavo-relievo,
  10. cavogram

Origin of cavity

1535–45; < Middle French cavite < Late Latin cavitās hollowness, equivalent to Latin cav(us) hollow + -itās -ity

Related formscav·i·tied, adjectivesub·cav·i·ty, noun, plural sub·cav·i·ties.un·cav·i·tied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cavity


/ (ˈkævɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a hollow space; hole
dentistry a soft decayed area on a toothSee caries
any empty or hollow space within the bodythe oral cavity
electronics See cavity resonator

Word Origin for cavity

C16: from French cavité, from Late Latin cavitās, from Latin cavus hollow

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Word Origin and History for cavity



1540s, from Middle French cavité (13c.), from Late Latin cavitatem (nominative cavitas) "hollowness," from Latin cavus "hollow" (see cave (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cavity


[ kăvĭ-tē ]


A hollow area within the body, such as a sinus cavity.
A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries.

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Science definitions for cavity


[ kăvĭ-tē ]

A hollow; a hole.
A hollow area within the body.
A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries.
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